The cost of one primary school receiving Fuel For School for 1 academic year - 39 weeks.
Up to 70kg of surplus food, including fruit & vegetables, delivered per week, to a Fuel For School market stall, providing access to food to an average of 300 pupils, teachers and parents.
In April 2017 West Yorkshire Trading Standards visited The Real Junk Food Project Leeds - Sharehouse, in Pudsey and found items passed their Use-By date.
After several months of hearings, and investigations, WYTS concluded to take formal action action TRJFP Leeds under the following reasons:
Supply of unsafe and out of date "use by" food, considerbaly beyond its use by date...
TRJFP Leeds clearly serves no immediate threat to the general public, and we decided to work closely with WYTS to input policies and procedures such as:
- Staff & volunteer induction
- Safe food handling policy
- A clear allocation of anaerobic digestion bins
- highlighting intercepted food past Use-by and reporting back to head offices of the respective retailer to ensure this discontinues
- No food on, or past Use By to be placed into the public domain
TRJFP Leeds accepted a formal caution, however, we believe a fine of £400 is harsh on a Community Interest Company, that in the past year has:
- prevented over 500 tons of surplus food from becoming waste
- provided food to over 20,000 people through the Sharehouse
- provided food to over 12,000 children per week in 45 primary schools through Fuel For School
Thousands of people reached out to us, offering their support towards our campaign against global food waste. We're now reaching out for that support, and would kindly like help paying these unnecessary costs against us.
Now the case is resolved, we look forward to continuing empowering young people to REALLY feed the world, and working with our partners and suppliers to divert as much food as possible.
The Real Junk Food Project Leeds
"Let's REALLY feed the world"